Following an agreement made by state lawmakers on Monday, May 9, Colorado is just about as close as can be to creating a new “marijuana transporter” license, which would also be the first of its kind.
Currently, weed couriers already exist here in Colorado, as they are the ones responsible for professionally moving pot from warehouses to their next destination, which is on the shelves at dispensaries. However, if passed, this exclusive weed transporter license would allow for these drivers to have a bit more power when it comes to their job. For instance, weed couriers would be permitted to temporarily store any cannabis that they are en route with, in case they happen to face an unexpected obstacle, such as a snowstorm, that delays them from getting to their final location in time. With how the laws are now, if something prevents a courier from arriving to a dispensary within the designated time frame that they are supposed to be there, the driver would be forced to return to their site of origin rather than making the delivery. Now, all that awaits is a final signature from Governor Hickenlooper for the measure to go into effect.
Legislative analysts are predicting that an estimated 24 people will likely apply for the license. Once attained, the transporter license would remain valid for three years. There are currently 12 marijuana courier companies in Colorado, though as of now, they are classified as being marijuana vendors. If the license does go into effect, it would mean couriers getting to be removed from such a broad category, which also includes other areas of the cannabis industry that have nothing to do with transporting products by vehicle, and having their own place instead.